Ohio River Valley Artists Guild is pleased to be presenting the second Art Smart Talk in 2018. Come and hear our guest speakers, Vicki McKee and Peg Lynch, take about Expressions of Grief Through Art. The talk is on Sunday, June 3, starting at 2 p.m. It continues to support our current exhibit in the Cox Gallery. See the amazing art created by those that have turned to art to help them cope with the grieving process. The talk will be held at the Cox Gallery located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third St., Maysville, Ky. 41056.
After loosing her husband, Jack, suddenly in 2016, Vicki McKee has a very personal experience to share with how art helped her cope with her loss. She said, “By sitting down at my painting desk or fabricating something in my workshop, I found solace and expression of emotion during my time of grief. The simple act of completing a small part of a painting became a reason to get up in the morning, which is all it takes to go on living.”
In her early years, Vicki felt art would not be a realistic way to make a living. She turned to pediatric nursing as a profession, working for Shriners Hospital for 23 years and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for the past 10 years. The stress that came from caring for sick children gave her the need to create art as as outlet to avoid burnout.
Peg Lynch is a very familiar face to those families that have had or currently have loved ones in Hospice care. She is in her 11th year at Hospice of Hope, serving as the Community Services Facilitator. Peg is a licensed Social Worker and also is certified as a Hospice and Palliative Social Worker.
After talking with ORVAG 5 years ago and asking the guild to partner with Hospice, Peg created the Art of Hope: Expressions of Grief Art Series. The Hospice of Hope show has become one of ORVAG’s most popular shows, allowing those experiencing the loss of a loved one another outlet to let their emotions continue the process of grieving through expending emotional and physical energy. Grief comes in many forms; the loss of a loved one, loosing a job, divorce, a friend moving away or something important to you. continues with their support and expertise, helping to facilitate different workshops for those suffering from grief and loss. Every June, the Cox Gallery showcases the art created by the bereaved.
Hospice of Hope is a non-profit, community-based organization serving terminally ill children, adults and their families. Hospice of Hope covers more than 4,500 square miles in Bracken, Fleming, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton and Robertson counties in Northern Kentucky and Adams, Brown, Clinton, Clermont, Highland and Pike counties in Southern Ohio.
ORVAG is pleased to host the Art Smart Talk: Expressions of Grief through Art. This event is free and open to the public. The exhibit that coincides with this talk is on display until Thursday, July 5, at the ORVAG Art Gallery, located on the second floor of the Cox Building, 2 East Third Street, Maysville. The gallery is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon – 4 p.m. Please enter through the ORVAG gift shop located on the first floor. If you are unable to come when the gallery is open, please contact Dee Werline, 513-314-1175, to make other arrangements.